03 Dec 2015 - Villainy released their second album 'Dead Sight' in September of 2015. A couple of months later they posted on Facebook that they were going to do a special 'The Dead Sight Live Sessions' show at The Lucha Lounge in Newmarket, Auckland where they would play through the whole album. I’d been thrashing it in the car since it came out, so dived straight in and grabbed a ticket as my recollection was the venue would hold all of about 50 people!
It was a typical muggy summer's night with the cloudy, sticky mess that Auckland delivers regularly pre Xmas. In other words, perfect for seeing a rock gig in a tightly packed bar! The band was set up tight in a corner with a fan blowing some air around in the vain hope of cooling off a bit.
Everyone was packed in tight to see them as it was the first time they’d be playing some of these songs live. Earplugs went in as the the hum of the guitar and rhythmic bass and drums of Give Up The Ghost started from the corner. By the end of the song it was ear crushingly loud, just as you’d expect from a full noise rock band in such a small space. It was stifilingly hot straight away, but by the time the end of noise and energy of track three Syria had subsided I was dripping and my (now) wife who had opted for a jumper and was in the middle of some deep clothing regret.
Sometime around track six or seven, short of passing out, we decamped outside for a song to take a breather outside in the vain hope of cooling off. In reality, the only thing that worked was grabbing a cold beer and using the bottle as a ice pack for as long as it would work. So we jumped back in to hear the rest of the show.
By the time the closing bars of The Great Unknown rolled off the stage. I was happy, exhausted (probably heat exhaustion to be honest) and already reflecting on how nothing beats seeing a band you love, in an intimate setting playing live. All the elements - the heat, the sound, the crowd, the venue, the performance all combined to make made it a such a special night that I won't forget in a hurry.